The Galloway Hoard At Kirkcudbright Galleries

The Galloway Hoard will run until 10th July 2022. Free admission to this exhibition

The exhibition will be displayed in Gallery One

What is the Galloway Hoard?

“One of the most important UK archaeological finds of the century, this incredible discovery comprises more than 100 objects, some of which are incredibly rare or unique.

Alongside over five kilograms of silver bullion, composed of arm-rings and ingots, the Hoard includes the largest and most varied collection of Viking-age gold objects known from Britain and Ireland and an unparalleled range of rare materials and unusual objects. These include: a silver pendant cross; a unique gold bird-shaped pin; a decorated silver-gilt lidded vessel; a large collection of Anglo-Saxon metalwork with two examples of an entirely new type of Anglo-Saxon cross-shaped brooch and unique multi-hinged straps; three golden jewels often referred to as ‘aestels’, in a silken-cord bundle; and a gold-mounted rock-crystal flask or jar contained in a silk-lined pouch.

The Galloway Hoard was discovered by a metal-detectorist in 2014 on what is now Church of Scotland land at Balmaghie in Kirkcudbrightshire. The Hoard was allocated to National Museums Scotland in 2017 and a successful fundraising campaign supported by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Artfund saved the Hoard for the nation.

A new exhibition titled The Galloway Hoard: Viking Age Treasure will display key items from the Hoard at the National Museum of Scotland from 29 May to 12 September 2021.

After the exhibition ends it will go on tour to Kirkcudbright Galleries in October and on to Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery next summer thanks to support from the Scottish Government. The exhibition, which is supported by Baillie Gifford, will open at the National Museum of Scotland on 29 May 2021, and will tour thereafter to Kirkcudbright Galleries (9 Oct 2021 to 10 July 2022.” ^ Information text used from The National Museums Scotland Website, you can read more about the hoard by visiting: The Galloway Hoard (

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